2013 shaped itself up to be a great year in a number of ways, especially for my research and archaeological pursuits. It was the year I got a taste for aerial archaeology flying over Cumbria thanks to Kieran Baxter, the year we released our Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae film on the unsuspecting public, and also the year we began exciting new fieldwork at the Links of Noltland.
2013 was also the year I managed to get a full draft of my thesis off to my supervisors then escaped to New Zealand for the whole of December to visit my folks who are travelling over there for three months! It was great to have a break from writing for a few weeks, I even read a whole fiction book…like…for fun…without having to write about it afterwards or anything. Bliss.
2014 is set to be pretty exciting too. It will be the year I finish and submit my thesis, viva and (fingers crossed!) graduate with my doctorate. It will also be the year I become my own boss and set up to work freelance as an archaeological illustrator and visualisation specialist – more on that in the coming months…
The year is already off to an exciting start – on arriving home from my festive travels I was greeted by a copy of Art and Archaeology: Collaborations, Conversations, Criticisms, which contains a whole entire wondrous chapter written by myself, Aaron and Kieran! I’m really looking forward to sitting down and reading the other chapters in the book, looks to be some fantastic stuff in there, really proud to have our work represented alongside some stellar projects and authors.
For now I’m back at my desk and ready to make the final push to finalise and submit my thesis in the coming weeks. I’m committed to blogging as much as I can this year and have a blog post or two waiting in the wings which I’ll get to posting over the next few days. Even though I’ll be finished my PhD research in the next couple of months I’m still planning to keep this blog going as I have a whole load of exciting projects and events on the horizon that I’m keen to share, I also just really enjoy blogging and think it’s a great way to get your research out there in the public eye and spark interesting conversations with a whole host of interesting people (…yeah, I’m looking at you guys).